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Street names: rocks, freebase
Crack is a cheap and deadly form of cocaine, turned into smokeable ''rocks'' with the use of additives. Crack is cocaine intensified and kicking a crack habit is three times as difficult.  


The heaven:
Feelings of wellbeing, mental exhilaration and euphoria. The high is intense but lasts little over 10 minutes.  


The hell:
The euphoric feeling is quickly followed by devastating depression equal in intensity, creating the need to smoke again and again. This cycle of highs and lows causes an addiction that takes hold faster than with any other drug.  


Effects on the body:
The same as for cocaine but intensified. Users may see snowlights or halos. Their heart rate may become irregular, increasing the risk of a heart attack.  


Effects on the brain:
Because it's smoked it delivers a high dose of the drug to the brain in less than 10 seconds - with a potency five to 10 times greater than snorted cocaine. The assault on the brain is quicker and more profound.  


It alters the biochemical state of the brain by changing the dopamine and serotonin receptors and depleting the stores of these two feel-good neurotransmitters. This damage can be permanent, leading to severe paranoia, lasting suicidal depression or murderous rage.  


 NB:  Common outward signs of a drug user:

 1.   They do not have strong willpower.

 2.   They do not have a stable character.

 3.   They tend to live in a tunnel - view life.

 4.   They lie constantly to protect their pride.

 5.   They would have the habit to bite their nails.

 6.   They develop chest problems, asthma or lung problems.